This section of our website reports the number and type of calls that our firefighters respond to each month which is above and beyond our weekly Tuesday training nights.  The department fiscal year runs from April 1 through to March 31.

Fiscal Year 2012

Call Type Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar AnnualTotal
Medical Assist 1 9 8 3  10 9  9 6 7 14 13  8 97
MVA 3 3 4 3 5 1  1 2 3 4 2  2 33
Car Fire 1  – 1
Structure Fire 1 2  – 3
Pole Fire 1 1 1 2  – 5
Brush Fire 1 1 1  – 3
Chimney Fire 1 1  – 2
Fire Alarm 1 1 1 1 1  2 7
Mutual Aid 2 3 1 2  3 11
Public Assist  –  –  –
Other 1 2 1  1  1 6
Call Type Totals: 4 17 13 13 16 11  11 13  10  24 19  16 167

 

Medical Assist – Any number of medical type calls to provide patient support while awaiting the arrival of EHS (paramedics).  Calls can be anything from nose bleeds, slip and fall injuries, shortness of breath, asthma attacks to cardiac arrests.  All firefighters in the department have a minimum of First Aid and CPR training, while over two-thirds of the department members are trained Medical First Responders (MFR’s).  MFR’s are trained in many advanced first aid techniques including, but not limited to, backboarding, defibrillator usage, Oxygen administration and obtaining blood pressure and other vital signs to be passed on to paramedics when they arrive.

MVA (Motor Vehicle Accident) – Our department responds to many MVA’s each year, most of which are minor in nature.  Once on scene, firefighters are able to provide medical treatment to accident victims, clean up fluid spills and are trained in vehicle extrication techniques to remove people who may be trapped in their vehicles.

Car/Structure Fires – Firefighters are trained to the Level 1 Firefighter standard which certifies them in many fire control and suppression techniques for various types of fires.  The level 1 standard is used in both Canada and the U.S. to train and certify firefighters for career and volunteer departments.

Pole Fires – Usually refers to power/light pole fires which are normally started in high winds or storms when tree branches fall onto power poles or transmission lines.  Working together with N.S. Power, firefighters will monitor the situation to ensure public safety.

Brush Fire – Anything from a grass fire or brush fire gone astray to a full blown wildland fire.  Reminder, that between April 15 and October 15 each year, burn permits are mandatory for any Mount Uniacke resident wishing to burn on their property.  Click the Burn Permit link to the left under Education and Prevention for more information.

Fire Alarm – When a residence or commercial building that has fire alarms monitored by a security company is activated.  Firefighters will respond assuming there is a fire present until they arrive on scene and determine otherwise.  Calls in this category are usually false in nature.

Mutual Aid – During larger incidents (MVA’s, Fires, Mass Casualty Incident), surrounding fire departments may call for assistance.  We may be required to respond directly to their incident scene to assist or we may respond to their local fire hall to provide coverage for their area until the incident is under control.  The requests are usually to provide a pumper, tanker and/or additional manpower to the department.

Public Assist – Public assist calls are non-emergency in nature, but are incidents that firefighters may be able to provide assistance with.  An example of a public assist call could be a providing a pump and hoseline to empty a flooded basement.

Other – anything else that does not fit into the categories listed above.